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Novel Gazing is the first collection of queer criticism on the history of the novel. The contributors to this volume navigate new territory in literary theory with essays that implicitly challenge the "hermeneutic of suspicion" widespread in current critical theory. In a stunning introductory essay, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick delineates the possibilities for a criticism that would be "reparative" rather than cynical or paranoid. The startlingly imaginative essays in the volume explore new critical practices that can ...
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Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction

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Overview

Novel Gazing is the first collection of queer criticism on the history of the novel. The contributors to this volume navigate new territory in literary theory with essays that implicitly challenge the "hermeneutic of suspicion" widespread in current critical theory. In a stunning introductory essay, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick delineates the possibilities for a criticism that would be "reparative" rather than cynical or paranoid. The startlingly imaginative essays in the volume explore new critical practices that can weave the pleasures and disorientations of reading into the fabric of queer analyses.
Through discussions of a diverse array of British, French, and American novels—including major canonical novels, best-sellers, children’s fiction, and science fiction—these essays explore queer worlds of taste, texture, joy, and ennui, focusing on such subjects as flogging, wizardry, exorcism, dance, Zionist desire, and Internet sexuality. Interpreting the works of authors as diverse as Benjamin Constant, Toni Morrison, T. H. White, and William Gibson, along with canonical queer modernists such as James, Proust, Woolf, and Cather, contributors reveal the wealth of ways in which selves and communities succeed in extracting sustenance from the objects of a culture whose avowed desire has often been not to sustain them. The dramatic reframing that these essays perform will make the significance of Novel Gazing extend beyond the scope of queer studies to literary criticism in general.

Contributors. Stephen Barber, Renu Bora, Anne Chandler, James Creech, Tyler Curtain, Jonathan Goldberg, Joseph Litvak, Michael Lucey, Jeff Nunokawa, Cindy Patton, Jacob Press, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Melissa Solomon, Kathryn Bond Stockton, John Vincent, Maurice Wallace, Barry Weller

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Editorial Reviews

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Eighteen contributors offer queer criticism on the history of the novel. Representative topics include Internet sexuality, the Turing Test, and ; Balzac's queer cousins and their friends; Thomas Day's queer curriculum in ; the homoerotics of Jewish nationalism in and ; and relations between women in Henry James's . Eight of the essays originally appeared in , v.28. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“This is brilliant. . . and it represents some brilliant critics at their best. These essays illustrate a different and immensely attractive discursive mode. I know of no work more resonant or anywhere near as generous. Beyond that, it marks Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s first move into reparative criticism—and that is a momentous event. ”—James R. Kincaid, University of Southern California
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822382478
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 11/24/1997
  • Series: Series Q
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,277,691
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center. Books she has authored include Fat Art/Thin Art and Tendencies. She has edited or coedited numerous volumes, including Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader and Gary In Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher, also published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Acknowledgments


Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading; or, You're So Paranoid, You Probably Think This Introduction is About You


SEDGWICK
EVE KOSOFSKY




PART I
Digital Senses

Prophylactics and Brains: Beloved in the Cybernetic Age Of AIDS


STOCKTON
KATHRYN BOND




Strange Gourmet: Taste, Waste, Proust


LITVAK
JOSEPH




Outing Texture


BORA
RENU




The “Sinister Fruitiness” of Machines: Neuromancer, Internet Sexuality, and the Turing Test


CURTAIN
TYLER





PART II
The Affective Life of Capital

The Importance of Being Bored: The Dividends of Ennui in The Picture of Dorian Gray


NUNOKAWA
JEFF




Balzac's Queer Cousins and Their Friends


LUCEY
MICHAEL





PART III
Teacher's Pet

Defying “Development”: Thomas Day's Queer Curriculum in Sandford and Merton


CHANDLER
ANNE




Wizards, Warriors, and the Beast Glatisant in Love


WELLER
BARRY




Forged in Crisis: Queer Beginnings of Modern Masculinity in a Canonical French Novel


CREECH
JAMES




Flogging is Fundamental: Applications of Birch in Swinburne's Lesbia Brandon


VINCENT
JOHN





PART IV
Men and Nations

Same-Sex Unions in Modern Europe: Daniel Deronda, Altneuland, and the Homoerotics of Jewish Nationalism


PRESS
JACOB




To Die For


PATTON
CINDY




Tearing the Goat's Flesh: Crisis, Homosexuality, Abjection, and the Production of a Late-Twentieth-Century Black Masculinity


REID-PHARR
ROBERT F.





PART V
Libidinal Intelligence: Shocks and Recognitions

The Autochoreography of an Ex-Snow Queen: Dance, Desire, and the Black Masculine in Melvin Dixon's Vanishing Rooms


WALLACE
MAURICE




Lip-Reading: Woolf's Secret Encounters


BARBER
STEPHEN




The Female World of Exorcism and Displacement (Or, Relations between Women in Henry James's Nineteenth-Century The Portrait of a Lady)


SOLOMON
MELISSA




Strange Brothers


GOLDBERG
JONATHAN





Bibliography


Index


Contributors

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